Have You Noticed? Phillies Playing Better (But Still Very Bad)

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels and center fielder Odubel Herrera celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs 5-0 at Wrigley Field. Photo | Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels and center fielder Odubel Herrera celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs 5-0 at Wrigley Field. Photo | Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Seen through the eyes of a New York Mets fan (yep, I’m one of those), the Phillies owe the Mets some wins, wins they stole so brazenly at the end of the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Now, stuck in last place in the National League East, the Phillies are doing their part to help the Mets’ postseason odds by defeating other teams in the hunt for October, namely the upstart Chicago Cubs. Read more »

Cole Hamels Throws a No-Hitter: Social Media Reaction

Cole Hamels waves to fans during batting practice before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park on July 22nd.

Cole Hamels waves to fans during batting practice before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park on July 22nd.

If that was the last time Cole Hamels pitched for the Phillies, it was a hell of a way to go out.

The longtime Phillies pitcher — the 2008 World Series MVP — has been on the trade block all season long. On Saturday afternoon, he pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs, winning the game 5-0. It was the 13th no-hitter in team history.

Oh, and he hit a double to help his own cause.

Phillies fans — who have suffered mightily this awful season — celebrated on social media. (And they speculated about the future, too.) Read more »

The Latest on the Cole Hamels Trade Rumors

Cole Hamels waves to fans during batting practice before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park on July 22nd.

Cole Hamels waves to fans during batting practice before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park on July 22nd.

We are just eight days away from the baseball non-waiver trade deadline. Cole Hamels, the best player on a struggling Phillies team, is a prime candidate to be traded. Teams are desperate to get him cheap, as evidenced by their front office types leaking to the press all season that the Phillies have been asking too much for him.

Fortunately, the Phillies have stood firm for once. But with a bunch of teams looking to make pushes for the playoffs, trade talks are apparently heating up as we get close to the wire. By July 31st, the Phillies 2008 World Series MVP could be on another team. Read more »

What They’re Saying About Aaron Nola

Jul 20, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola (27) before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola (27) before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

He lost the game. But he gave up just one run. But that one run was a home run given up to the other team’s pitcher.

Aaron Nola’s Tuesday night debut for the Phillies — and all the hopes for the future he represents in an otherwise-lost season — was a slightly mixed bag (he lost 1-0) but it gave many observers more reasons for optimism than pessimism about the team’s future.

Here’s what they’re saying: Read more »

10 Things to Know About (Aaron) Nola

Lehigh Valley IronPigs pitcher Aaron Nola (10) delivers a pitch during a game against the Rochester Red Wings on July 4, 2015. Lehigh Valley defeated Rochester 4-3.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs pitcher Aaron Nola (10) delivers a pitch during a game against the Rochester Red Wings on July 4, 2015. Lehigh Valley defeated Rochester 4-3.

Tonight’s the night, Phillies fans.

In what could be the best night for the Phillies in recent memory, their second-ranked prospect — and highest-ranked pitching prospect — Aaron Nola will leave the bullpen, step on the mound, toe the rubber, wind up and throw his first pitches in the big leagues against the Tampa Bay Rays. (He pitches tonight at 7:05 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park.) Read more »

BizFeed: Philly Sports Teams Take Nosedive in TV Ratings

Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Ben Revere is unable to catch a fly ball triple by Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick in the first inning of a July 6th game at Dodger Stadium.

Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Ben Revere is unable to catch a fly ball triple by Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick in the first inning of a July 6th game at Dodger Stadium.

1. Phillies, Sixers and Flyers See TV Audience Shrink

The News: There’s not a whole lot of interest in Philadelphia sports these days. The Phillies are literally the worst team in professional baseball. The 76ers are coming off a horrific season, as part of its peculiar and (potentially genius) tanking plan. And the Flyers had an off year and missed the playoffs. That’s led to horrifying TV ratings for the three sports teams. For many fans, the Eagles’ Monday night opener against the Atlanta Falcons can’t come soon enough.

The Philadelphia Inquirer examined the Nielsen ratings, reporting that “Phillies viewership has plummeted 65 percent from 2011,” the last season of a glorious run of five straight playoff appearances. In news that should surprise nobody, “Sixers viewership has nosedived 72 percent over the same period.” The Flyers also lost audience, as viewership was down 36 percent. Read more »

Phillies Call Up Top Pitching Prospect Aaron Nola

Lehigh Valley IronPigs pitcher Aaron Nola (10) delivers a pitch during a game against the Rochester Red Wings on July 4, 2015. Lehigh Valley defeated Rochester 4-3.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs pitcher Aaron Nola (10) delivers a pitch during a game against the Rochester Red Wings on July 4, 2015. Lehigh Valley defeated Rochester 4-3.

There is actually some good news about the Phillies: Another promising minor leaguer is about to make his major league debut.

We were excited from the moment he was called up about Maikel Franco, and he’s rewarded us by hitting .284 with 10 homers and a .495 slugging percentage. Now, we get to be in on the ground floor with a pitching prospect.

The Phillies announced this morning that right-hander Aaron Nola will make his major league debut on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. He’ll wear No. 27. Read more »

Jonathan Papelbon to Phillies: “Shit or Get Off the Pot”

Jonathan Papelbon, Joe West

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon argues with Umpire Joe West after being ejected from the game against the Miami Marlins in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 14th, 2014.

For the umpteenth time in recent memory, Jonathan Papelbon had some strong words for Phillies management. “Shit or get off the pot,” the closer remarked at an MLB All-Star Game press conference. Read more »

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